Albert King a guitar, blues, soul and Stax

Albert King a guitar, blues, soul and Stax

Albert_King_1978 Photo Lionel DECOSTER PARIS France
Albert_King_1978 Photo Lionel DECOSTER PARIS France

Imagine a big stage with a wall of Marshall amplifiers, a backline of trumpets, a crowd already dancing. In front of the stage an impressive 6ft7 figure wearing a red smoking, a yellow Gibson Flying V around his neck that looks like a toy, and a pipe that acts as a personal smoke machine. No this is no Guns ‘n Roses or Rolling Stones concert, it is the way Albert King did it.

Stax Records Albert King
He didn’t made fame in Chicago at the Chess family or in Mississippi alongside the delta Bluesman, Albert King was a Memphis made musician at Stax Records. The Label that produced many hits inter alia ‘Green Unions’ by Booker T and the MG’s or the work of Isaac Hayes, Little Milton and of the main persona of this Blog, Albert King.

Blues Power

Albert the preacher
Faced the crowd
Saying, “Everybody
Have the blues”
Can You feel it

Soul, Funk and Blues

The traditional steam train blues wasn´t Albert´s thing, He started as a percussionist  playing for Jimmy Reed. The rhythmic part of his later music has always been his trademark in my opinion. Songs like ´ Born Under a Bad Sign´, or ´She Caught the Katy´ are based on the bass and drum like in mostly all of the by Stax created hits. Put on that a Flying V guitar flavour presented by King himself.

In Session with Stevie Ray Vaughn

He cooperated with a lot of blues guitarist like  Stevie Ray Vaughn, a session between the two greats was recorded called ´In Session´. Especially for Guitarist this 90 minute during jam is a must see.

Albert King Covers

King also covered a lot of songs in his own funky and soulful bluesstyle. I really like his version of Honky Tonk Woman. Another must listen of the 250  or 300 pound guitar great is ´Tupelo´. One of his rare traditional Blues songs, recorded with Pops Staples & Steve Cropper.

Albert King and his Notorious Flying V

Blues was mostly made in Mississippi or Chicago, The Roots lay in Mississippi, and you can say the Fruits were made In Chicago. That principle doesn’t count for Albert King.  This bigman is mostly known for the way he plays on his notorious Gibson Flying V. A man with a soulful voice, a rhythmic backline, Albert King a Stax records bluesman was a great musician.

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